Love Letters from the Science Leadership Academy

Below are just a couple of the many love letters written by Meenoo Rami’s students at the Science Leadership Academy. To read more and to see what Philadelphia students have to say about their city, check out their website.

Amanda Millatt
Favorite spot: Clark Park
Neighborhood: University City
Address: 42nd Baltimore

I am: A Philadelphia high school senior, a runner, a volunteer and an aspiring doctor.
Years in Philly: 18
Current Home: University City


My Love Note:

Dear Clark Park,

I do not like you. I do not like any of your local summer events that I greatly anticipate during the tedious winters. I do not like attending everyone of your monthly flee markets with my best friend. I defiantly do not like getting awesome novelty items such as an accordion or locally made jewelry for amazing prices. I do not enjoy watching the free Shakespeare theatrical productions every year with my mother, which I want to add is well put together and humorous. I do not like snow days because I always have the best time going sledding down the massive hill at the bowl. I did not enjoy spending hours playing hiding-go-seek and giggling with my middle school friends. Most of all I dislike all the unforgettable memories that I had with you. I can not simply like you, I love everything about you. Thank you Clark Park for the best eight years of my life!

With love,

Maggie Long
Favorite Spot: Around Northern Liberties
Neighborhood: The whole city
Address: Currently couch surfing all over philly

I am: A Philly Biker
Current Home: Everywhere, Philadelphia PA


My Love Note:

Philly. You have treated me well. Before I came to you, I was only a little girl in the suburbs of Allentown. Now I’m proud to be what people call a “City Kid.” I’m a Philly lover, friend, explorer, student, young entrepreneur, writer, actor, and most of all, I am a Philly Biker. I bike around the city like it’s my job. It’s how I learn. I love biking around and seeing cool new spots to hang at with friends, or see new mosaics, or artwork. God it’s beautiful. Looking at the city from a distance is breathtaking. Especially at sunset. At that point in time, the city is mine. It’s almost as if the world stops for a second so that you can take a breath and fall in love again with the city. I wouldn’t want to ever loose that feeling. Stay safe Philly.

With love,
A Philly Biker



My Love Note:

Dear Philly,

You have graced me with your parks of swings, grass and dirt. Ever since I was little I have been enjoying the simple pleasures of running around in a field and climbing on the jungle gyms. What’s even better is that my love for the “parks” never died. When I was little I would play at Marconi with my sisters, brothers, and friends. I learned how to ride my bike with no training wheels on the baseball field there. Then when I was an early teen, I would hang down “DV” — that was the place to hang out. All my friends would gather up, watch the boys play basketball, swing on the swings. All the kids would flock there after school. Now I walk by both of those places and many others and just remember what free felt like. It has been a crazy few years with school and college dreams. It is hard to find a time where I am purely happy. Thank you Philly for the memories, the memories of my old friends, my new ones, my school memories, and the food memories, but most of all thank you for the moments of freedom. Those moments all started in a field, playground or basketball court.

xoxo Bernicia

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7 Responses to Love Letters from the Science Leadership Academy

  1. Kristen Swanson (@kristenswanson)

    Thank you for sharing your love for Philly. I’m a Philly native, but I’m living away from home this year. Hearing what you love about the city has inspired me and made my day just a little bit brighter. I must say, biking at sunset is breathtaking.

  2. Lois McGee

    Philadelphia is the only city that could inspire a love note from me, and your love notes to my city make me both jealous and proud. I’m jealous because you love my city as much as I do and you have expressed it so eloquently. The pride I feel comes from knowing that Philly has a similar effect on you as it has on me. Thanks rekindling my love affair with this great city.

  3. Joanna Bottaro

    I can’t help but smile reading your love notes. It makes me proud to hear and gives me joy that your generation feels the same love that my generation relishes. Thank you for sharing your observations and happiness. We are all so lucky to be a part of such a vibrant community!

  4. Caltropia Wilder

    First of all, I applaud your persuasive, earnest, enthusiasm about the city of “Brotherly Love” and “Sisterly Affection!” Personally, I was born and raised in a small town called Pottstown,Pa. When I graduated from college I moved to Philadelphia almost 40 years ago (certainly before you, your teacher or maybe even your parents were born). I have had several opportunities to move away, however I always changed my mind,because Philadelphia will always be my home for a lot of reasons. Do you know how Philadelphia originally received it’s name? Allegedly, William Penn bought the land from the local Lenape to be on good terms with the Native Americans and ensure peace for his colony. Penn named the city Philadelphia, which is Greek for brotherly love (philos, “love” or “friendship”, and adelphos, “brother.” Your message of peace is so appropriate for this time of year. Keep up the great work.

  5. Sharon Carter

    I loved reading about your favorite places. I grew up in Philadelphia and have dozens of special locations. One of my favorite places is Fairmount Park because it touches several sections of the city. I have been to Clark Park and witnessed the great performances. My mother worked at the health center across the street. Please continue to explore and write about the treasures we have here in Philadelphia.

  6. Rita Sorrentino

    What a wonderful Valentine surprise. I enjoyed reading all these love notes. There is much beauty and grace in our city, and room for all to enjoy the varied aspects of each neighborhood. I (heart) Philly, too.

  7. Claire

    Thank you for sharing these lovely letters! I’m now on official count down for the next summer evening in Clark Park.


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